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(From The Nashville Buddy Walk Donation Page of Jan Henley) Click the link to donate:

I am involved in the Tennessee Buddy Walk® to support my amazing grandson Sean Henley and all people with Down syndrome in my community. Please support our efforts as an advocate for the value, acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome.Please support my efforts as an advocate for the value, acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome.

For every step I take and every dollar I raise, I am helping to create a culture that fully includes the more than 400,000 Americans with Down syndrome. The Down Syndrome Association of Middle Tennessee (DSAMT) serves more than 1,000 families across 40 counties and needs our help to continue to provide much needed education, advocacy and support to meet this goal.

Your support for the Nashville Buddy Walk, by walking with me and/or by making a donation, will help honor and celebrate people with Down syndrome.

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Alexander, Corker Honored By Business Association

U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker are being honored by the nation’s leading small business association.

The National Federation of Independent Business has named the Tennessee Republicans a Guardian of Small Business for their voting record on behalf of America’s small-business owners.

NFIB’s “How Congress Voted,” which serves as a report card for members of Congress, was also unveiled this week. The report presents key small-business votes and voting percentages for each lawmaker.

Those voting favorably on key small-business issues at least 70 percent of the time during the 113th Congress are eligible for the Guardian award.

One Killed in Single Vehicle Crash

One person was killed in a in a single-vehicle crash in Bedford County overnight.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol was called out to investigate the crash early Friday along Warner Bridge Road in Shelbyville.

Investigators said an SUV overturned, killing the driver.

It was unclear what caused the driver to crash.

An identity was not immediately released.

The investigation was ongoing.

NFL, NFLPA announce PED deal, three suspensions lifted

It only took them three years after initially “agreeing” to an hGH policy, but the NFL and the NFLPA have now put it in writing.

The league and the union just put out a joint statement announcing changes to the performance enhancing substance policy (which must mean they’re still hammering out the details of the substance abuse policy).

Accordingly, several players will be allowed to return to their teams this week, including Wes Welker, Orlando Scandrick and Stedman Bailey.

According to the release, positive tests are subject to third-party arbitration appeals, and testing for hGH will begin “within the next few weeks.”

Testing for hGH will be “fully implemented” this season, with procedures being sent to clubs and players this week. Testing will begin later this month.

First violations will result in a suspension without pay for up to six games. Masking agents or diuretics will draw a two-game suspension, while use of a “steroid, stimulant, HGH or other banned substance” will result in four-gamer. Manipulating a test can get you six.

Second violations will result in a 10-game suspension, and a third will be a minimum of two years.

As expected, offseason stimulant tests will be handled under the substance abuse policy.

The commissioner “will retain his current disciplinary authority” over discipline for violations other than positive tests (such as a

Civil War soldiers buried as ‘unknowns’ identified

A historian says the names of 350 unknown soldiers from the American Civil War will be added to a memorial at a Georgia cemetery after hospital records from the era were used to identify them.

The Marietta Daily Journal reports ( that historian Brad Quinlin worked with Betty Hunter, president of the Marietta Confederate Cemetery Foundation, to identify the soldiers.

Quinlin said he found names of Confederate soldiers from hospital records at five universities, including Emory University; Duke University; and state universities in Tennessee, Texas and North Carolina.

He said the research involved 45,000 pages of hospital records kept by Samuel Hollingsworth Stout, a general surgeon in charge of Confederate hospitals in Georgia from 1863-1964.

Documents were searched for soldiers sent to Marietta hospitals during the war.

Information from: Marietta Daily Journal,

Haslam, Bredesen to talk judicial amendment at UT

Republican Gov. Bill Haslam and his Democratic predecessor, Phil Bredesen, are appearing at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville on Wednesday in support of a proposed constitutional amendment on the merit selection of appeals and Supreme Court judges.

The event at the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy will be moderated by UT College of Law Dean Doug Blaze.

Voters will decide in November whether to approve the constitutional amendment, which would keep the current system of having the governor appoint the state’s top judges. It would also add a provision to give the state Legislature the power to reject the governor’s nominees.

Some opponents of the measure call for popular election contests for justices instead of yes-no retention votes every eight years.